It's not the biggest room in the house and may even be relegated to your basement or garage. But the space in which you do your laundry is a space in which you can find plenty of ways to use energy more efficiently.
- Run your washing machine for full loads only.
- If you are in the market for a new clothes dryer, consider purchasing one with a "moisture sensing" device that shuts off automatically when your clothes are dry. The dryer won’t run longer than needed.
- Use warm or cold water for clothes washing whenever possible and always rinse with cold water.
- Organize your laundry loads. Dry clothes together that need the same time and temperature, and try to dry full loads only.
- Clean the lint filter before drying each load. Also, clean the dryer drum periodically to remove lint.
- Most laundry can be washed in warm water and lightly soiled loads can be washed in cold water. You can also save by using cold-water rinses for each load. The temperature of the water used during the rinse cycle will not make your clothes any cleaner.
- Drying heavy and light fabrics separately will also keep drying time to a minimum. Mixing different weight fabrics causes the dryer to run longer than necessary.
- Use four-foot fluorescent fixtures with reflective backing and electronic ballasts for laundry areas.
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